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Killer Rib Pain :0(

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LALA77 Wed 21-Oct-09 15:18:31

I've had really bad rib and lower back pain for the past week. Ended up at hospital getting it checked last night and they say it's muscular and gave me pain killers. I'm 32 weeks and bump is very neat, I suspect bubbs doesn't have much room to grow sad

Has anyone else suffered this and can give any further hints or advice? Thanks

cafuffle Wed 21-Oct-09 16:22:16

Know where you're coming from. I had really bad rib ache (right hand side)for about the second half of my first pregnancy. I also had back ache, but it was more in the middle/side of my back just under my ribs.

My mw always put it down to me being diddy (only 5ft) but after suffering weeks of it I went to see a osteopath. He did quite a bit of manipulation of my back (slightly scary when you're heavily pregnant) but it made a big difference. I went twice and he gave me some stretching exercises to do which really helped.

The other thing that helped was kneeling and leaning on a gym/birthing ball rather than sitting the sofa.

FluffyCoo Wed 21-Oct-09 18:28:29

With you on this one ladies!

Comes and goes with me, but then I'm 24 weeks so I guess there's more growing to come! I've found that yoga really helps - there's a pose where you lean back on your elbows and breathe deeply, which seems to help "expand" my ribcage and makes everything feel less congested in there. Even just some deep breathing, concentrating on drawing your breath into your chest (as opposed to your tummy) area might do it. Also I put a pillow under my bump at night which really helps take the pressure off!

Hope that's helpful! x

funtimewincies Wed 21-Oct-09 20:12:41

Ds (now 2.10 and tall) had a foot in my ribs, causing excruciating pain from 26 weeks.

Like cafuffle I'm only 5' and the mw reckoned that it was dh's fault for being so tall grin, combined with trying to fit a normal sized baby into a minute space. Sometimes I'd have to push down on the spot quite hard to get him to move his foot just for a few seconds peace.

The only thing that worked for me was laying one of those heat packs that you warm up in the microwave across the top of the bump. Ds didn't really move his foot but it eased the pain a little.

Hope that you find something that helps sad.

madmissy Wed 21-Oct-09 20:32:23

im almost 32 weeks and currently trying to sit as comfy as possible not easy with spd and the rib pain with baby kicking hmm

hoping for a quick end to pg so i dont hurt anymore

LALA77 Thu 22-Oct-09 10:05:37

Thanks girls, I have yoga tonight so I'll ask the teacher for some moves to help stretch out my ribs grin

roary Thu 22-Oct-09 10:53:14

If it makes you feel any better it's not associated with height, either: I'm 5'10 and I had it with my first pregnancy, incredibly painful, on and off from about 22 weeks. it was awful. No one could ever explain how it happened, especially because in my case it was not being caused by a foot or similar (it was way too early for the baby to be up there). I have put it down to one of those mystery pregnancy things, but had to be checked out for liver function as it was on my right side. That was fine, though!

prettyinpunk Thu 22-Oct-09 13:25:02

I also had it with my first pregnancy, from about 28 weeks and I remember it being excrutiating and unbelievably uncomfortable.

I'm also 5'11, was very neat-bumped, so just presumed baby (he was big - 9lb 11) needed extra room.

I did go to hospital too, just to get it checked as it felt like something more serious was wrong as there was no way a baby could make things that uncomfortable!!! I remember feeling a little stupid that I'd made such a big deal - but maybe that was just haw the MWs made me feel...

Having a bath took my mind off it, undoing my bra and letting it all hang out also seemed to help, and attempting to massage the feet down and away from my ribs (although this wasn't overly effective).

It disappeared with me when the baby started to drop (can't remember exactly when that was - sorry) and freed up that space.

Hope it goes soon smile and good luck with the rest of your pg

Lilyloooohhhh Thu 22-Oct-09 13:27:29

I had this really bad in first pg not as bad in subsequent ones.
The only thing that slightly relieved it for me was lying in bath leaning more to that side.
I used yearn for the day to end so i could get in the bath.
I am quite small and had small tight bump.

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